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Top deal for Tani

Maciu Malo
Wednesday, April 09, 2014

THE Fiji Rugby Union is interested in securing the services of Telecom Fijiana 7s coach Iliesa Tanivula as a full time coach and FRU employee.

This is according to FRU board member Baljeet Singh in an interview at the Nadi airport yesterday.

Tanivula guided the Fijiana team to the China 7s as a volunteer coach and against all odds, achieved a milestone for FRU by helping the girls improve their world ranking from ninth to fourth placing.

Singh commended Tanivula's loyalty to the call of duty for guiding the girls to their best ever 7s performance.

"We had taken him as temporary coach," he said.

"But last night I received an email from the FRU chairman that we will be looking at employing Tanivula as a full time coach.

"It's blessing to have him as a coach and we give credit where it's due after their recent achievement.

"Iliesa has always been dedicated and co-operates and we appreciate what he has done."

Singh also confirmed the side would later compete in Australia, Canada and Netherlands this year.

He said the players needed more game time to improve their international performance.

"FRU is committed in supporting the Fijiana team."

"As I mentioned during our board meeting that FRU is one of the leaders in supporting the ladies in recognising their talents.

"We will be sending the team to Australia and Canada and Netherlands as we need more game time and we will also be supporting them to also play in Netherlands."

Meanwhile, Singh said FRU would consider paying the players incentives for their efforts after signing a lucrative $40m sponsorship deal with Vodafone, Fiji Airways and other sponsors.